VJIM, Hyderabad is all set for the new age classroom
2020 has been an eventful year! It’s now evident that the impact COVID-19 pandemic has made on the world has forced colleges, schools, and universities to change their approach and adapt to technologically-backed, hygienically secured, and moderately strategized pedagogical measures. As this crisis started to play out, experts from the fraternity began weighing in on potential outcomes. While the precise dates of the reopening of these educational institutions are now being discussed and are about to be finalised, authorities are charting out the ways and means in which they could gradually embrace the phase after lockdown, presently referred to as the “new normal world.”
VJIM during the lockdown
While student safety remained the primary concern at VJIM, Hyderabad the B-School also realized the importance of not tampering with students’ learning experience. Classroom delivery moved online and students had the opportunity to refer to the recorded lectures from the comforts of their homes. Pending classes were done in e-mode, and having moved closer to the placement period, the institute has also successfully enabled and empowered its students to appear for virtual interviews.
Faculty members of the B-School, who remain its steadfast pillars of strength and inspiration, have gone the extra mile to ensure that guidance is available to students whenever they reach out. They stayed flexible through these changing times and switched to online teaching as the new norm. VJIM Faculty members, who have received training for online delivery of lectures from experts around the world, are equipped to handle both expected and unexpected challenges that might be encountered in future.
Education will go on despite all adversities or challenges
Learning never stops, and a safe and conducive environment is necessary to ensure it continues. If there was any apprehension about what the classrooms in the post lockdown reality would look like, they have been assuaged by the wide ranging measures taken by VJIM, Hyderabad. It is safe to say- the B-school is prepped to host classes as soon as official approval is released by the central authorities.
The VJIM campus is equipped with enough classrooms to function with social distancing measures in place. Classes are being scheduled to ensure that they facilitate equal learning opportunities for all students keeping the norms of social distancing in mind.
The plan is to have a reduced number of not more than 50% of its students on campus at any point in time. This is ensured by dividing classes into eight sections, instead of four, and using a schedule that incorporates an oscillation into the timetable so that classes will be conducted alternating between offline and online modes.
The Roadmap ahead
In the days to come post the lifting of the lockdown, the institute is all set with some exceptional measures for safety and secuirty of its students:
– shifting to partial classroom sessions which would be conducted three times a week, coupled with online teaching sessions on the remaining days. In fact, even though the size of the batch remains a concern for the institute, the authorities are certain about reducing the same to as little as 50 percent in order to lessen the movement of students on campus.
– besides, considering the potential health hazards that may prevail in the post-pandemic world, VJIM has already begun heavily investing in sanitization tools that will help the students and professors alike, and not to forget, digital scanners for safety.
– residential complexes of students and faculty are being sanitized thoroughly on a daily basis
– mess and cafeteria employees shall be under special instructions and training to ensure that everything is sanitized, served healthy and fresh, and all precautionary measures are being followed to fight the pandemic collectively
By working on new solutions, techniques, and tactics, VJIM has to a great extent, braced itself to welcome the new world on-campus post-pandemic!
For the new PGDM Class of 2020- 2020
With the admission process for the Batch of 2020 – 22 moving online, the new additions to the VJIM family are believed to have been already acclimatized to the changing scenario in a way. Their Orientation Program is being planned to be moved online from 10th August, 2020 and each applicant shall be informed with prior notice.
Foundation courses will also be held in online mode from 24th August, 2020 and no compromises shall be made in their learning experience. The B- School will then welcome them on campus with the best safety protocols in place.
The induction program for Class of 2021 is to be held between 10th of August 2020 and 22nd of August 2020 and is packed with activities including corporate talks, alumni talks, and Masterclasses with experts through online platforms.
The dates mentioned are subject to change based on the government response to these challenging times.